Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green expressed his desire to finish his career with the team during an appearance on the #thisleague UNCUT podcast. He signed a four-year, $100 million extension with the team in 2019, and the Warriors have kept their core trio of Green, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson together for the majority of their run as a dominant team in the NBA.
The 33 years old has a player option worth $27.6 million for the 2023-24 season, but he is expected to decline it and become a free agent in order to secure a multiyear deal.
While Green hopes to stay with the Warriors for the duration of his career, he doesn’t anticipate playing for 20 years and plans to retire after 15 seasons. In January, he explained to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he didn’t want to overstay his welcome and become an easy target for trash-talkers.
“As far as my situation goes, I’ve been here 11 years. I’ve done everything you can possibly do here. Why would I want to go somewhere else and try to do it again?” the GSW star said on the #ThisLeague Uncut podcast.
“I would love to finish my career here,” he said on the #thisleague UNCUT podcast (via Shaya Rubin of the Bay Area News Group). “That’s been my goal since signing this current contract that I’m on. It’s looking like a more realistic thing to be finishing here.”
Green’s future with the Warriors will depend on negotiations between the team and the player. He alluded to the fact that he will be looking for a fair deal that takes into account his contributions to the team as well as his personal goals.
The 198 cm tall professional is known for his defensive prowess and ability to facilitate on offense, making him a key piece in the Warriors’ success. He has also developed a reputation as a leader and mentor for younger players on the team.
The Warriors have experienced significant success with Green on the roster, winning three NBA championships and appearing in five straight NBA Finals from 2015-2019. The Warriors’ superstar has been a key part of that success, and his leadership and tenacity on the court have been instrumental in the team’s ability to remain competitive. With Green expressing his desire to remain with the team, it appears that he will continue to be a significant part of the Warriors’ future plans.
The Indispensable Draymond Green: The Vitality of His Role in the Golden State Warriors’ Dynasty
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors recently appeared on the #thisleague UNCUT podcast and addressed criticisms about his role in the team. He stated that while he understands the criticisms, there are not many players in the league who can say that they have accomplished more than him, and that he has a resume that speaks for itself.
Green has been a four-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA team member, seven-time All-Defensive team member, the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year, and a four-time champion during his 11-year career with the Golden State Warriors.
Green has been an instrumental part of the Warriors’ success, despite being overshadowed by his superstar teammates. He has carried a heavy defensive burden, helped establish the team’s culture, and has played a significant role in the team’s offense as a screener and playmaker. In fact, the Warriors have outscored opponents by 4.2 points per 100 possessions with Green on the floor this season and allowed 9.8 fewer points per 100 possessions with him anchoring the defense.
The Warriors will need strong performances from Green in the playoffs as they prepare for a first-round matchup with the Sacramento Kings. Despite being the lower seed, the Warriors are favored to win the series, thanks to the return of Andrew Wiggins and the return to health of superstar Steph Curry. The defending champions may not have had their typical success this season, but they are still a force to be reckoned with.